The Three Minute Thesis Competition is always a highlight of the Graduate Research Festival and this year was no exception.
From over 115 initial entrants came 10 finalists competing for the honour of representing Otago at the Trans-Tasman competition in Queensland and the Inter-University Challenge in Auckland.
This year we saw the most entrants for the competition and the standard of the heats was fantastic. I was lucky enough to hear everyone’s presentations from Auckland to Dunedin. Research at Otago is certainly in safe hands and it was very difficult to choose just 10 finalists from the contestants. (“Can I have 20 finalists??” “No, Claire!” “15 finalists??” “NO, Claire!” “12?” “I’m walking away from you, Claire!!”)
Congratulations to all the contestants for their hard work and their excellent presentations. A special “you’re awesome” goes out to the finalists, some of whom were reluctant public speakers despite their obvious skill in the area.
Emma Wade’s Slide, The Genetic Mechanism of Skeletal Development
Our finalists were: Emma Wade, Women and Children’s Health; Gilles Marciniak, Geography; Chris Larsen, Chemistry; Jenny McDowell, Sir John Walsh Institute; Nicola Beatson, Accounting and Finance; Mayouri Sukhapure, Psychological Medicine; Emanuel Kofler, Management; John Gray, Peace and Conflict Studies; Hana Cadzow, Geography; and Leon Mabire, School of Physiotherapy.
Judges, Professor Rachel “Snow Ball” Spronken-Smith, Mark “Candy Crush” Brunton and Professor Richard “Twitter Troll” Blaikie, after being spoken to firmly by MC, Claire “Dominic Bowden” Gallop
The lovely time-keeper and Claire-Wrangler, Sarah McGregor
The judges had a difficult time choosing between the excellent finalists but after some vigorous debate and an arm wrestle or two, Jenny McDowell was named PhD Winner and Nicola Beatson was named Master’s winner. The winner of the Crowd Favourite Prize went to Gilles Marciniak from Geography for his moving presentation on landscape values.
Jenny McDowell has the audience in the palm of her hand with her CSI research involving lasers, the sea, and pig bones!
Nicola Beatson doing something no one thought possible: making accounting fascinating!
Gilles Marciniak painting a beautiful picture of foraging in a French forest.
A huge thanks to everyone who helped make this competition happen. Particular thanks are owed to the Graduate Research School and Marketing and Communications for sponsoring the prizes. And an even huger thanks goes to all the students who do the great work that makes a competition like this possible.
I dare you to enter it next year. Go on. You know you want to…
Claire Gallop, Graduate Research School